To paraphrase one 17-year-old, hunger in America is bad enough but hunger in your own backyard, a backyard that raises more than $1 billion in crops and livestock each year, is unacceptable.
USA Today Charitable Foundation and ConAgra Foods. One three-member team won the top honors and a second team from the same class won honorable mention.
Thumbs up - To a statewide program by the California Highway Patrol, which is taking “Age Well, Drive Smart” into California’s senior communities. The program is one way to help older motorists drive as long as possible, and is intended to help save lives.
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Individuals ages 65 years and older can register for the class through local CHP offices.
As the population ages, with more and more of the populous Baby Boomers becoming senior citizens daily, a program that offers training and promotes safety can do much more good than harm.
Thumbs down - To the Florida juror who sent a Facebook friend request to the defendant, a young woman.
Jacob Jock, 29, was found guilty of contempt of court and sentenced to three days in jail. He was selected as a juror in December and says he looked up the woman on Facebook, allegedly to see if they shared friends. When she reported the friend request to her attorney, he told the judge, who removed Jock as a juror.
What appears to have infuriated the judge most was Jock’s post after his removal: “Score ... I got dismissed!! Apparently they frown upon sending a friend request to the defendant ... haha.”
Said the judge, “I cannot think of a more insidious threat to the erosion of democracy than citizens who do not care.”
To make matters worse for Jock, he showed up late for his trial, was handcuffed and taken to a holding cell.